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Still A Soft Landing, But Growth Is Slowing

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Hard Landing/Soft Landing Scoreboard:  Still A Soft Landing, But Growth Is Slowing

Futures are little changed as markets again digested the post CPI rally amidst more in-line inflation data and additional Chinese economic stimulus.

Core EU HICP (their CPI) met expectations, rising 0.7% m/m and 2.7% y/y, and kept a June rate cut on track.

In China, the government announced a sweeping program to support the property industry, potentially adding more critical stimulus to the Chinese economy.

Today focus will be on Leading Indicators (E: -0.3%) and two Fed speakers, Waller (10:15 a.m. ET) and Daly (12:15 p.m. ET), but barring any major surprises, they shouldn’t move markets and further digestion of the new highs is to be expected.


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Short vs. Long Term Market Outlook (Is Falling Inflation & Slowing Growth Good for Stocks?)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Short vs. Long Term Market Outlook (Is Falling Inflation & Slowing Growth Good for Stocks?)
  • EIA Update and Oil Market Analysis

Futures are little changed as market digest Wednesday’s new high amidst more dovish global data.

Japanese GDP (-0.5% vs. (E) -0.4%), Aussie Unemployment (4.1% vs. (E) 3.9%) and Italian HICP (their CPI, 0.9% vs. (E) 1.0% y/y) all pointed towards falling inflation and slowing global growth, which investors welcome (for now).

Today is a busy day full of data and Fed speak.  Broadly speaking, if the data/Fed speak is dovish and Treasury yields drop, it’ll extend the rally.

Notable economic data today includes (in order of importance):  Jobless Claims (E: 219K), Philly Fed (E: 7.8), Industrial Production (E: 0.1%) and Housing Starts (E: 1.435MM).

On the Fed, there are numerous speakers including:  Barr (10:00 a.m. ET), Barkin (10:00 a.m. ET), Harker (10:30 a.m. ET), Mester (12:00 p.m. ET), Bostic (3:50 p.m. ET).  But, unless they all start talking about rate hikes (very unlikely), their commentary shouldn’t move markets.


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Key Levels to Watch: S&P 500, 10Y, Gold, VIX

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • CPI Technical Preview: S&P 500, 10Y, Gold, VIX
  • Trading Color – The “Chase” Higher Continued Yesterday
  • PPI Takeaways: Downside Revisions Spark Dovish Money Flows

Futures are flat while European stocks are modestly higher thanks to market-friendly economic data overnight ahead of today’s U.S. CPI report.

GME and AMC are both notably up another 10%+ in pre-market trading suggesting the meme-stock frenzy is poised to continued today.

Economically, French CPI met estimates at 2.2% y/y while Eurozone Industrial Production was up 0.6% vs. (E) -0.5% helping to ease lingering worries about the threat of global stagflation.

Today, focus will be acutely on economic data in the premarket with CPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 3.4% y/y) and Core CPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 3.6% y/y) the most important release to watch. Downside revisions to March like we saw in yesterday’s PPI report and a goldilocks headline should see stocks extend gains and test or break through current records.

However, in order for the equity rally to continue it is important that Retail Sales (E: 0.4%), the Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: -10.0), and the Housing Market Index (E: 51.0) don’t offer and negative surprises as there is a tentative and complacent feel to the current test of the all-time-highs.

After the economic data is digested, there are two Fed officials scheduled to speak today: Kashkari (12:00 p.m. ET) and Bowman (3:20 p.m. ET). Investors have become comfortable with the higher-for-longer tone recently, but any mention of hikes could pressure markets here.


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CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Thoughts on the Meme-Stock Revival
  • CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly
  • Chart – NY Fed’s Consumer Survey Contains Hot Inflation Print

Global markets are little changed this morning as traders digest mostly better-than-expected economic data from Europe and await today’s PPI report and commentary from Fed Chair Powell.

“Meme stocks” GME and AMC are notably up 58% and 64%, respectively, in pre-market trading this morning (more on that in today’s report).

Economically, German CPI met estimates at 2.2% y/y while Economic Sentiment in the German ZEW came in at 47.1 vs. (E) 45.0. Domestically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index beat with a headline of 89.7 vs. (E) 88.3 but the data is having a limited impact on markets this morning.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on PPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 2.2% y/y) and Core PPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 2.3% y/y) due out at 8:30 a.m. ET. A “hot” print would spark hawkish, risk-off money flows while a cooler-than-expected report could see the S&P 500 test all-time-highs as CPI whisper numbers are dialed back.

Finally, there are a handful of Fed speakers today including Cook (9:10 a.m. ET) ahead of the bell and Schmid (8:15 p.m. ET) later this evening. Most importantly though, Powell will speak at 10:00 a.m. ET and if he is more hawkish than two weeks ago at the May FOMC meeting, that will put upward pressure on rates and weigh, potentially heavily, on stocks.


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The key parts of the release will be one and five-year inflation expectations

The key parts of the release will be one and five-year inflation expectations: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


Dow Opens Higher, Extending Winning Streak

Aside from the Fed speakers, traders will get an update on consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan. Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye writes that the key parts of the release will be one-year inflation expectations and five-year inflation expectations.

“If both of those numbers are higher than expected, it’ll be another negative signal on inflation and don’t be surprised if Treasury yields rise in response to them and stocks give back these early gains,” Essaye writes.

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The latest data point to offer a whiff of stagflation

The latest data point to offer a whiff of stagflation: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil prices head lower, paring gains for the week

The U.S. consumer sentiment report was the latest data point to “offer a whiff of stagflation,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. “Risk assets didn’t like that,” and oil prices moved down toward session lows shortly after the data’s release.

“The geopolitical fear bid has largely gone stale since the realized impact of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war has been nominal compared to the implied threat to global oil supply when the conflict began last fall,” he told MarketWatch.

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Are Stagflation Risks Real?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are Stagflation Risks Real?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  If Treasury Yields Rebound, Will That Hit Stocks?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  CPI on Wednesday, Important Growth Data Throughout the Week

Futures are slightly higher following a very quiet weekend of news as investors look ahead to a potentially very important week that includes Wednesday’s CPI report.

China announced plans to sell $140 billion in long term bonds to fund more economic stimulus, which will help combat recession fears in that economy.

There was no notable economic data out over the weekend.

Today focus will be on the New York Fed One Year Inflation Expectations (3.0%).  If they run hot like we saw in Friday’s University of Michigan Inflation Expectations, Treasury yields should rise and pressure stocks.  Outside of that data, we also have two Fed speakers, Jefferson & Mester (9:00 a.m. ET), but they shouldn’t move markets unless they talk about rate hikes.


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Is Gasoline Demand Another Economic Warning Sign?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is Gasoline Demand Another Economic Warning Sign?
  • Did Earnings Season Change the Market Outlook?

Futures are solidly higher thanks to continued momentum from Thursday’s rally following a quiet night of news.

Economically, UK data was stronger than expected (GDP and Industrial Production beat estimates) but it’s not changing BOE June rate cut assumptions.

Today there is just one notable economic report, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (E: 77.0) and the key parts of that release will be the 1-Yr Inflation Expectations (E: 3.2%) and the 5-Yr. Inflation Expectations (E: 3.0%).  If both of those numbers are higher than expected, it’ll be another negative signal on inflation and don’t be surprised if Treasury yields rise in response to them and stocks give back these early gains.

In addition to that one economic report, we also get numerous Fed speakers today including: Bowman (9:00 a.m. ET), Logan (10:00 a.m. ET), Kashkari (10:00 a.m. ET), Goolsbee (12:45 p.m. ET) and Barr (1:30 p.m. ET).  However, unless one of them explicitly advocates for rate hikes, they shouldn’t move markets.


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Things aren’t as bad as people were afraid of

Things aren’t as bad as people were afraid of: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


S&P 500 Holds Above Its 50-Day Moving Average

“The bottom line is that things aren’t as bad as people were afraid of about 10 days ago, and now the market is rallying, now it’s making some technical progress getting back above the 50, and that’s just going to create more chasing, more fear of missing out,” Essaye says. “And I think that’s really what’s helping the market these last couple of days.”

“Until something happens to kind of break this little conversation that investors are having with each other where they’re convincing themselves of these things, the market can rally,” Essaye says. “And there’s not a ton on the calendar this week to break that idea.”

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An S&P 500 Priced for Perfection: May MMT Chart

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • May MMT Chart: An S&P 500 Priced for Perfection
  • Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Raises Questions About Growth

Futures are flat as disappointing earnings in Asia (Toyota and Nintendo) were largely offset by solid guidance from AB InBev and Siemens Energy in Europe while macroeconomic news wires were relatively quiet.

Economically, exports from Taiwan plunged to 4.3% y/y in April from 18.9% in March due to weak Chinese demand but exports to the U.S. hit a record amid strong AI demand. The soft Chinese demand is a concern, but AI optimism is for now offsetting those worries.

There are no notable economic reports today leaving focus on the Fed speaker circuit with Jefferson (11:00 a.m. ET), Collins (11:45 a.m. ET) and Cook (1:30 p.m. ET) all scheduled to speak.

Additionally, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. Yesterday’s 3-Yr Note auction saw decent demand but if today’s longer duration Note auction is soft, that will put upward pressure on yields and weigh on equity markets as this relief rally has begun to lose momentum.


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